A convicted murderer in Massachusetts unsuccessfully argued that her Eighth Amendment right against cruel and unusual punishment was being violated and the surgery is necessary to relieve the mental anguish caused by gender-identity disorder.
Nebraska and Oklahoma say marijuana laws in neighboring Colorado are causing harm to their states and want the US Supreme Court to intervene. On Monday, court showed interest in the case by asking the Obama administration for a brief.
With the Freddie Gray case, Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has been thrust into the international spotlight focused on racial equality and police conduct. 'She's a strong woman,' says her husband. 'She was built for this.'
Recent violent encounters between police and citizens have prompted greater use of video cameras by both sides. Evidence indicates fewer incidents of use of force and fewer complaints when police officers turn on their cameras.
The difficulty in getting answers highlights the challenges of managing investigations into explosive events like the death of a black man in police custody. Baltimore police turned their report on the Freddie Gray case over to prosecutors Thursday.
The Washington Post reports that a prisoner saw Freddie Gray 'trying to injure himself' in the police van. The findings of a police investigation into Freddie Gray's death are expected to be turned over to a state's attorney by Friday.
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a capital punishment case involving Oklahoma’s use of lethal injection drugs. At issue is whether the first drug prevents pain by rendering the prisoner unconscious.